Georgia State at West Virginia

West Virginia beats Georgia State 41-7

AP Sports Writer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Redshirt freshman Ford Childress threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in his college debut, leading West Virginia to a 41-7 win over Georgia State on Saturday.

Charles Sims rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown for the Mountaineers (2-1), who got the scoring boost they needed after a poor performance last week in which they scored just seven points in a loss at Oklahoma.

A third stringer a week ago, Childress completed 25 of 41 passes. But West Virginia was far from dominant on both sides of the ball against a team in its first year in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Georgia State (0-3) pulled within 17-7 after Travis Evans' 65-yard TD run early in the third quarter before West Virginia scored the final 24 points. Evans finished with 118 yards rushing.

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Scoring Summary
WVUJosh Lambert 42 yd FG
WVUDaikiel Shorts 21 yd pass from Ford Childress (Josh Lambert kick)
WVUIvan McCartney 45 yd pass from Ford Childress (Josh Lambert kick)
GASTTravis Evans 65 yd run (Wil Lutz kick)
WVUJosh Lambert 23 yd FG
WVUCharles Sims 32 yd run (Josh Lambert kick)
WVUDaikiel Shorts 23 yd pass from Ford Childress (Josh Lambert kick)
WVUDreamius Smith 10 yd run (Josh Lambert kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1030
Third Down Efficiency3-138-17
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-2
Plays-Net Yards51-22083-604
Passing Yds84359
Kick Return Yds12154
Punt Return Yds046
Time of Poss.28:231:58
Individual Stats
GAST: Travis Evans 12-118, Jonathan Jean-Bart 8-22, Sean Jeppesen 2-6, Kyler Neal 4-5, Ben McLane 1-0, Ronnie Bell 6--15
WVU: Charles Sims 18-116, Wendell Smallwood 8-62, Dreamius Smith 12-60, Mario Alford 2-22, Ford Childress 2--15
GAST: Ronnie Bell 5-13-63-0, Ben McLane 3-5-21-0
WVU: Ford Childress 25-41-359-1
GAST: Robert Davis 3-39, Keith Rucker 2-27, Danny Williams 1-12, Travis Evans 1-3, Kelton Hill 1-3
WVU: KJ Myers 6-64, Daikiel Shorts 5-88, Mario Alford 4-33, Ronald Carswell 3-67, Ivan McCartney 2-66, Kevin White 2-17, Charles Sims 1-10, Cody Clay 1-7, Devonte Mathis 1-7
Georgia State8th Sun Belt 2-63-9
West Virginia2nd Big 12 7-210-3

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